Japanese Quotes

I guess the clarification I should make here is that Japan is as potentially racist as anywhere else, but for a developed country, the legal and social protections and recourses afforded to people of differences are lacking comparatively. Racial discrimination is still not illegal in Japan, and this is something the Japanese government promised to fix when it signed the UN Convention on it in 1995. In short, Japan is not an outlier in terms of racism, but it is in terms of protections against it.

Debito Arudou

It is true that the Chinese are not so religious as the Hindus, or even as the Japanese; and they are certainly not so religious as the Christian missionaries desire them to be.

Hu Shih

The President wishes the Japanese to be very prudent about the introduction of opium, and if a treaty is made, he wishes that opium may be strictly prohibited.

Townsend Harris

The Japanese have perfected good manners and made them indistinguishable from rudeness.

Paul Theroux

Despite its regular annual occurrence in Japan, winter seems to be regarded as an aberration, so the cold is dealt with on the ad hoc basis of dragging out heaters and putting on extra clothing rather than insulating the walls. I eventually came to the conclusion that deep down, Japanese feel that putting up with the cold is good for you

Liza Dalby

The Japanese have perfected good manners and made them indistinguishable from rudeness

Paul Edward Theroux`

Working in Hollywood, it`s clear the more money you have, the more technology you can get. So you can build a whole Japanese set. Only in Hollywood! I couldn`t believe the first day I walked on the set. Rob Marshall walked me like a tourist round the set...

Zhang Ziyi

We call Japanese soldiers fanatics when they die rather than surrender, whereas American soldiers who do the same thing are called heroes.

Unknown

We call Japanese soldiers fanatics when they die rather than surrender, whereas American soldiers who do the same thing are called heroes

Robert Maynard Hutchins

I made efforts to swallow tears and to protect the species of the Japanese nation.

Hirohito

Words were written out for me phonetically. I learned to quack in French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese and German

Clarence Nash

I ask you to remember that the Japanese troops are a strictly disciplined force and perform their duties with as little harmfulness as possible.

Baron Sadao Araki

Starting from 1993 in Otaru, Hokkaidō, and now running unchecked throughout Japan, signs saying 'Japanese Only' have gone up, making an unspoken undercurrent of fear of the outsider into clear, present, and brazen exclusionism following the best traditions of segregation and apartheid.

Debito Arudou

Truth be told, having two passports in Japan is not necessarily a problem. If one lived a quiet life, one could conceivably keep renewing a non-Japanese passport ad infinitum. The USG permits dual citizenship and doesn't go out of its way to tell other governments about the nationalities of their citizens. However, as you know, I don't live a quiet life.

Debito Arudou

Too many Japanese believe that they can say whatever they like in Japanese ('that statement was for a domestic audience' is very often an excuse for gaffes), as though Japanese is some secret code

Debito Arudou

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